"It's a disgrace. And I apologize to (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau, too". He said the USA had moved forward with the tariffs on the basis of "national security", a position Trudeau called "kind of insulting".
"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he 'will not be pushed around", Trump tweeted after the summit.
De Niro is a highly respected actor, having garnered two Oscars for his roles in Raging Bull and The Godfather: Part II. Trump advisers also ripped Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber. He suggested the comments were insensitive to the fact that Trump was trying to look strong on his way to an important summit with North Korea and said there is a "special place in hell" for people like Trudeau.More news: Mix of Western, Asian dishes served at Trump-Kim summit during lunch
In a press conference, Trudeau called US steel and aluminum tariffs unjust and promised retaliatory tariffs.
The Oscar-winning De Niro, 74, was at the annual event for the top U.S. theater awards late Sunday to introduce a performance from rock legend Bruce Springsteen.
De Niro referred to Trump and his associates as a "gang of business-friendly thugs" and said that "business without humanity is not business, it's greed".More news: Saudis Announce Start of Attack on Key Yemen Aid Port
Former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Allan Gotleib says the "special relationship" Canada shared with the U.S.is no more, painting a bleak picture of the trade tiff the two nations are now embroiled in. "The satire of 'norms.' I'd say Robert De Niro deserved a Pulitzer for if he didn't deserve a..."
A month later during the opening night of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, De Niro referred to Trump as the "lowlife-in-chief", HuffPost reported.
De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller showbusiness events, but none have the high profile and audience of the Tony Awards.More news: How did Mark Sanford lose last night? Take a guess